Way back in the spring of this year I happened to be sitting in front of the parents of the umpire who was calling the Stockton Ports game. The same umpire in this picture from a game last week. At the game last spring I also made a picture which I sent to his parents in Colorado as a gift. They ended up buy a metal print of it, for which I am grateful. The power of networking.
He was umpiring in Stockton again last week and I was able to get a few more shots. The light was low and I shot at ISO 800. In post processing I decided I like it in black and white for a couple reasons. One, the graininess, though not acute, is more pleasing in monochrome. Two, monochrome reduces the background distraction, especially the player on the right wearing the bright orange jersey. Very distracting. The dark grey stands out much more prominently against the light gray background. And, the best reason of all, I just like the black and white version better.
When you are the artist you get to decide. There will always be critics, but criticism is almost always the result of personal preference. As an artist, you get to choose what you want the final image to look like. Of course, you have to keep in mind that your audience (read potential clients/customers) also get to choose.
Here are the two versions side-by-side for comparison. What do you think?
In case you are wondering, I’m going to send a copy of this photo, the black and white version, to his parents too.